Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.) was sworn in as a member of Congress less than 24 hours after winning a special election.

Clawson replaces disgraced former Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.), who resigned in January after he was caught buying cocaine in Washington, D.C.

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A former Purdue University basketball player, Clawson secured endorsements from Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBachmann: Muslim immigrants trying to undermine Western civilization Religious leaders pray over Trump in Oval Office 'Real Housewives' producer 'begging' Conway to join cast MORE (R-Minn.), Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program MORE (R-Ky.) and former Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), the district's former representative.  

"I start by bowing in humility to my God, hoping for wisdom and inspiration for a responsibility so big on my shoulders that we all share, of course," Clawson said shortly after being sworn in on the House floor. 

"I am committed to representing all of my constituents in a fair way," Clawson said. "I'm so humbled and grateful to be here."

The total number of House members now totals to 433, with two vacancies.

- Jessica Taylor contributed.